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Arizona attorney disbarred following alleged probation violations

By Karen Kidd | Aug 17, 2017


Arizona attorney Suzanne Kae Biely, practicing law in California for about 25 years, has been disbarred by the California State Bar over probation violations stemming from a 2015 discipline, according to a recent decision.

Biely, of Tuscon,  is alleged to have failed to file a required declaration of compliance with the state bar court, according to the California State Bar’s July 12 decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment, disbarring Biely. She also allegedly failed to contact the state bar's office of probation to schedule a meeting with her assigned probation deputy, to timely submit a quarterly report and to "comply with certain conditions attached to the disciplinary probation", according to the decision.

The state bar's office of chief trial counsel filed its notice of disciplinary charges against Biely in November, to which she filed an answer the following month but failed to appear at a March 7 trial, according to the decision.

The state bar's decision and order for disbarment then was entered by default. The state bar's decision is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar's Review Department or expiration of time in which parties to may request further review within the State Bar Court.

Biely was admitted to the bar in California on June 8, 1992, according to her profile at the state bar website.

The allegations against Biely stem from her previous record of discipline before the state bar, according to information included on her profile at the state bar website. In November 2015, Biely was suspended for two years, placed on two years probation and ordered to take the multistate professional responsibility examination after she failed to complete an interstate adoption for a couple who were her clients, according to a report in the state bar's journal. In a separate matter in that same discipline, Biely served as executor of an estate in which she distributed $147,077 to herself for legal services and $251,940 to a beneficiary without court approval, the state bar journal reported.

Biely also was suspended in July 2014 for failing to pay her state bar membership dues, according to her profile.

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